Salary Report

Information Technology Job

Software Quality Assurance

United States Location

USA Metropolitan Area

Competitive Position® Salary Report

Salary Average


Experience Requirement

4 Years

Raise +1 Year

$2,253 at 4.07%

Salary and Number of Jobs

Graph of succeeding salary information

About Salary and Jobs

Salary Range :

At required Experience of 4 Years: $55,413 is Salary average; 50% of Jobs pay between $45,107 & $65,718; and, 5% of Jobs top $80,545.

Number of Jobs :

Most Jobs are available closest to the Salary Average.

Fewer Jobs are available at Lower and Higher Salaries.

Salary End Points :

$15,080 = minimum wage annual salary in the USA.

$187,699 = annual salary for the highest paying IT Job in the USA at the Top 2.5% Experience and Top 2.5% Salary.

Top Salaries

Top Percentile of Job market Top Salary
2.5% $85,361
5% $80,545
10% $74,994
25% $65,718
33% $61,994
50% $55,413
Top Percentile of Job Market =

Number of Jobs Above the Top Salary
Number of all Jobs at 4 Years Experience.

Salary Range and Jobs

Percentage of Jobs within Salary Lows and Highs
Percent of Job Market Salary Range
Low Salary High Salary
10% $53,493 $57,333
25% $50,544 $60,281
33% $48,832 $61,994
50% $45,107 $65,718
67% $40,631 $70,194
95% $25,465 $85,361
Salary Average =


Mid Point between each Low/High pair.

Percent of Job Market =

Number of Jobs with Salary between Low/High pair
Number of all Jobs at 4 Years Experience.

= and

Salary and Experience

Graph of succeeding salary information

Salary ±1 Year

Experience Salary Average Raise +1 Year
3 Years $52,673 $2,740 at 5.20%
4 Years $55,413 $2,253 at 4.07%
5 Years $57,665 $1,913 at 3.32%

About Salary and Experience

Salary by Year :

Salary is lowest at entry level, increases rapidly with the first years of experience and approaches a ceiling as experience matures.

Salary and Experience Range :

Salary average rises with experience: $42,802 at the low experience of 9 Months; $56,775 at the average experience of 4 Years and 7 Months; and, $63,386 at the top experience of 8 Years and 6 Months.

Experience End Points :

0 = Entry Level.

11 Years and 1 Month = Top 2.5% Experience in the IT Job with the highest required experience in the USA.

Salary and Experience Range

95% of Jobs require Experience between the Low and Top



This position involves quality assurance of commercial and/or custom software with a focus on testing methodologies, such as: load, stress, regression, stability, performance, compatibility, white box, black box, unit, functional, automated, manual, and/or user acceptance testing.


The qualifications of this information technology Job:
Quality Assurance Testing Tools,
Automated Testing Tools, Failure Test, Mercury Astra , Mercury LoadRunner, Mercury SiteManager , Mercury Test, Mercury Topaz, Mercury WinRunner, Mercury XRunner, Rational Robot, Rational SQAsuite/TeamTest, Rational Test, Rational TestStudio, RegressionTest, SegueSilk, Stress Test or Testing Tools.;
Quality Assurance,
Quality Assurance, QA, Software Quality Assurance, SQA, Test Engineer or Tester.


A+ Skills
Additional IT skills and US Cities requested in some job descriptions:
19% of job descriptions,
Project Leader, Project Manager, Supervisor, Team Leader or Technical Lead;
Graduate Degree,
7% of job descriptions,
Master of Science in Computer Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MA/MS in Information Technology, MA/MS in Information Science, Master of Arts Degree, Master of Science Degree or Ph.D.;
Mercury Software,
30% of job descriptions,
Mercury LoadRunner, Mercury SiteManager, Mercury Test, Mercury Topaz, Mercury WinRunner or Mercury XRunner;
Rational Software,
5% of job descriptions,
Rational ClearCase, Rational Robot, Rational SQAsuite|TeamTest, Rational Suite, Rational Test or Rational TestStudio;
4% of job descriptions;
5% of job descriptions;
5% of job descriptions;
Mobile Computing,
5% of job descriptions;
Financial Trading System,
3% of job descriptions,
Bloomberg, MarketData, Trading Application, Trading Platform, Trading Software, Trading Solution or Trading System;
Security Clearance,
4% of job descriptions;
Boston-Worcester-Lawrence-Lowell-Brockton, MA-NH,
6% of jobs;
Atlanta, GA,
4% of jobs.


Knoxville, TN:

Anderson, Blount, Farragut, Knox, Knoxville, Loudon, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Powell, Sevier, Sevierville and Union.

These locations are all included in the Knoxville, TN metropolitan area as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).